THE PLOT THUS FAR
A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Writer and director Steven Silver is an established documentarian and this marks his transition into something a little more accessible. This certainly is. It’s the type of recent historical story that I want to know more about. We only see the conflicts that are going on in South Africa through the lenses of these young men. The conflicts that take center stage are the internal ones between the good of documenting the violence versus doing something about it. Interestingly, it’s when two of them win the Pulitzer Prize that their moral fibre is called into question. As fearless as the protagonists are, the filmmakers seemed to be a bit more timid. Although the violence is there in full view, it lacked most of the emotional impact it should have had.
The one thing I would have liked being left out and for which I pulled points for was the romantic story line between one of the photographers and the picture editor of the magazine he ends up working for. You could spot that story line the second the two characters in question meet for the first time. It gave the film a pinch of typical Hollywood taste and it took away a bit of focus from the actual issue at hand. On the other hand, the film managed to not make this romantic connection the main focus at any point.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary from the director, production featurettes and deleted scenes. The A/V Quality is amazingly strong for an indie flick. The 1080p transfer is pretty strong and it shows off a rather amazing DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. The Kgosi Mongake interviews help to put a lot of the material into perspective, but it’s nothing that’s going to change your life. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!